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Good News Tuesday for Oct. 19, 2021: Malaria Vaccine, Pay What You Can Farm Stand, Black Women Climbing Kilimanjaro, and Giving Rice for Plastic in Bali

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W.H.O. Endorses Malaria Vaccine

Earlier this month, The World Health Organization endorsed the first vaccine for malaria. The disease has historically killed about half a million people each year including 260,000 children under 5. The New York Times has details here.

Pay What You Can Farm Stand

Raleigh City Farm in North Carolina, has a “Pay What You Can” farmstand that offers fresh produce. Customers take what they need and put money in the cashbox at the farm or at the Salvation Army locations. Here’s the website

Nine Black Women Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Nine black women, all over 40 years of age, recently climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. The inspiring trip took six days. For details and photos, visit this article from Good Morning America.

“Opportunity in Challenge”: Giving Rice for Plastic

On the island of Bali, covid 19 dramatically hurt the tourism industry. Many workers returned to their villages and trash piled up on the beaches. Made Janur Yasa, a vegan restaurant owner in the town of Ubud, started a program in his home village where local villagers could exchange plastic for rice. His non-profit, Plastic Exchange, became a success and spread across other villages in Bali. You can learn more about the program and its creator at CNN Heroes. I hope you will also watch the following short video about the Balinese teachings that help Made Janur Yasa in his mission. His energy is gentle yet powerfully positive.

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Good News Tuesday: A Rescue, Dog Sense, Good Teens, and Palm Oil Progress

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Sanitation Worker Helps Elderly Woman to Safety

Dane Cummings was told to get out as the fire approached, but he decided to check on the elderly citizens he knew lived along his route.

 

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Dogs Help Identify Malaria from Frozen Socks

In a proof of concept study, dogs were able to detect which socks had been worn by children with malaria about 70% of the time. “Moreover the researchers pointed out that the success rate potentially could have been higher if the dogs were actually with the children or were working with socks that had been worn recently, instead of samples that had been frozen for several months while the dogs were being trained.”

We are only beginning to understand the power of a dog’s sense of smell. Dogs have been known to detect other diseases. Like some other animals, dog intelligence is different from ours but in some ways greater.  I hope we will be intelligent enough to treat our animal companions and colleagues with the respect they deserve.

Here’s the story from Good News Network.

Good Teenagers

The student council of this South Carolina high school asked Andrew to sit with them during lunch. This is what good leaders do. They reach out to people who may be different, alone, or needing help. It’s okay to be alone sometimes, but it’s also good to be invited and feel welcome.

Major Company Cuts Ties with Palm Oil Suppliers

The Good News Network reports that Mondelēz International, parent company of Nabisco and other snack foods, has cut ties with 12 palm oil suppliers that contribute heavily to deforestation and habitat destruction. They are putting in place measures to become 100 % sustainable and transparent regarding palm oil.  You can read more about this move here.

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